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October 17, 2016
A message from the coach:
These articles seem to get harder to write by the week. The Texarkana game is certainly no exception. I guess you start with the obvious: we lost 42-7 and we did very few things well. It started on the opening drive and got worse as the half wore on. They took the opening kickoff and went 60 yards in 7 plays for a touchdown. We ran 7 plays, punted, and recovered their fumbled punt on the 24 yard line. On our second play from scrimmage we fumble the ball back to them and they scored on their next three possessions. In between there we fumbled a snap from center on a fourth down punt and they run it in for a touchdown. Long story short, it is 35-0 at the half and we haven't scored and haven't stopped them from scoring. My honest opinion is that once we didn't score and they scored their second touchdown, we were shell-shocked and they reeled off 35 unanswered points in the first half. I cannot remember a half like that since I have been here. But, needless to say we didn't answer the challenge. I think we were ready to play going into the game, but we didn't perform that way and looked like a lost team trying to find their way. Offensively, we moved the ball at times but found a way to stop ourselves in various ways, including three personal fouls. That is embarrassing and a sign of lack of discipline and that starts with me. Obviously, I did a poor job of teaching our team how to react to adversity and how to find a way to win when you get behind early. It's back to the drawing board and start teaching our team HOW to win. You would think by this time of the year that would be needed, but long story short, I did a poor job of preparing our team to play and win a football game.
Bryce Boatright and Collin Dye led our team with 9 tackles each. Sam Boyd had a sack and Clayton Palmer had the recovered fumble early on the punt. I thought Fletcher Nutt had his best game of the year after being out the last two weeks with a concussion. He had four carries for 40 yards and did a good job of blocking. We averaged 5.0 yards per rushing attempt which is good. Jackson Coleman had four rushes for 31 yards and Michael Burnett had 3 rushes for 40 yards. We had some good drives but always stopped ourselves with penalties or fumbles or missed assignments. We found a way to beat ourselves on each side of the ball. It was obvious we didn't play with the same effort and passion that we had in earlier games. Disappointing to say the least.
Lake Hamilton is next at their place. They run the Double Slot offense like we do. They are 4-3 with wins over Hot Springs, Siloam Springs, El Dorado and Texarkana. They have lost to Malvern, Bryant, and Russellville. They have played much better lately than they did early in the season, which is probably to be expected with a new staff. We have to learn from the last one, then forget it, if we expect to win Friday.
The ninth grade has started their playoffs. Whoever the ninth grade plays the eighth will play the same before them. We are ranked third so we play 2nd ranked White Hall at White Hall. Top ranked is Pulaski Academy and they play fourth ranked Watson Chapel. They play each other Thursday as well. The winners play the winners and the losers play the losers the following week. Not sure yet where the following week’s games will be played.
It will be interesting to see how our team reacts to last week's game this week versus Lake Hamilton.
Head Football Coach
Sheridan High School